Global Climate Week Sept 20-27 is upon us, and the city is abuzz with climate activism, with the Calgary Climate Hub organising and facilitating many events.
We’ve put this newsletter together to help you find your niche(s) for the week. But
the key is, get involved! Attend an event (check the schedule here and see below for more info), volunteer for a node (see updates below), post some important social media, talk to your friends! Now is the time, this is the place, to make change. So glad you, our members, are in our world, caring about our futures. Let make it the best future ever! Dr. Joe Vipond and Dr. Aïda Nciri, co-chairs
More good news is that until the end of September, you can donate to the Hub and get a charitable receipt. Thanks to our relationship with Climate Reality Project Canada, we are able to accept donations and issue charitable receipts until the end of September.
In the message section, specify you want the donation to be used to support the Calgary Climate
Hub. When you receive your receipt by email, please forward it to [email protected]. Let him know if we should publish your name as a donor or whether you prefer to do so anonymously.
Climate Week Events:
September 20 12:00-2:00pm City Hall Municipal Plaza
Support the Fridays for Future Strikers.
Climate Parade and Expo
September 20 3:00-6:00pm City Hall Municipal Plaza
Discover climate-friendly initiatives. Speakers and musicians are programmed throughout. Parade commences at 5:00 pm starting at City Hall to Bankers’ Hall and back to City Hall for culmination and calls for action.
Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 PM SunnyCider #1 3300 14 Ave NE
Join us during Climate Week for our first Calgary Climate Hub Fundraiser at Calgary's first Cidery.$60 tickets will include cider, (beer options also available) charcuterie, and the sounds of Calgary's inimitable Kris Demeanor.
Media and Climate: a crisis in coverage? A lecture and panel discussion
Wednesday Sept 25 - 7 pm La Cite Des Rocheuses, 4800 Richard Rd SW
During Global Climate Week, the Calgary Climate Hub is excited to host a provocative evening with Sean Holman, author of: Dear Journalists of Canada: Start Reporting Climate Change as an Emergency to be followed by a panel discussion with some of Calgary’s most distinguished journalists.
Tickets are $10.00, and $5.00 for students/low income. Buy your ticket here.
Fundraising Node: Contact Joe [email protected]
The Fundraising Node is a small but integral part of the CCH family. Essentially, although volunteers are the core of our network, without money going towars website maintencne, event planning, and of course, our volunteer coordinator contract position, the whole thing grinds to a halt. Make sure your donation is in by Sept 30th for a charitable receipt.
Exiting news is that the Unitarian Church of Calgary donated a part of their collection for us in July, and that Community Natural Foods has made us a recipient of their bagsaver donation in October. Thank you!
We have two large grant applications in process and are waiting to hear results.
We'd love to have more CCH members working on this! We have untapped potential among corporate donors and other granting organizations. For more information contact: Joe [email protected]
Feel free to join us. Our next meeting is Thursday, September 19 1:15 pm, Central Library, 800 3 St SE, Calgary Alberta T2G 0E7 Room 3-17A
Election Node: Contact Andrea [email protected]
The writ has dropped, and election day is officially on Oct. 21 This means we only have a few short weeks to engage Calgarians and candidates on why Climate Change/Action is the most pressing election issue.
1) we are hoping to move ahead with door knocking in the Calgary-Centre riding starting as soon as Sept. 21st. Please email Andrea if you are interested in signing up for shifts. This is an opportunity to engage with citizens about the importance of climate action as an election issue from a non-partisan perspective - we believe all parties need to have a strong climate plan to properly prepare Canadians for the challenges ahead.
If you don't want to door knock but are willing to show up at Candidate forums and ask climate related questions that would be great too!
2) For Hub members who were lucky enough to get one of our lawn signs from the provincial election campaign - we ask that you please put these out on *private property* again for this federal election.
3) The Hub is partnering with Engineers without Borders to co-host a 100 Debates on the Environment all candidate forum in the Calgary-Centre Riding on Oct. 3rd, along with others across Canada. If any Hubbers want to volunteer at this exciting event please contact: Andrea [email protected]
4) Thank you to those (as per our last newsletter) who donated towards election signs in August. As ever, we are happy to take last minute donations to help print a few more signs/brochures. You can still donate here.
Outreach Node: Contact Ginny [email protected]
Things are picking up quickly this fall! There are lots of volunteer opportunities for folks who want to get out to events to promote the Hub, share our initiatives and recruit new volunteers! We had a great support team distributing posters for our East Village Climate Conversation in Sunalta to 35 businesses and apartment buildings in the area.
For our next Community Conversations event in Sunalta on Monday Sept 30th - we have 175 businesses we want to reach out to! Please consider helping the Hub out with some easy-peasy poster delivery for just a couple hours anytime in the next three weeks.
We are also looking for volunteers to help with doors/tabling at the following events:
"A Crisis in Coverage: Media and Climate" We are hosting a lecture and media panel with Sean Holman (Doors (2)/Table (2) Ushering(2)) Wednesday Sept 25th 6-9pm
Calgary Climate Parade & Expo (boothing(2)/crowd outreach(unlimited)) Help us find more like-minded volunteers on Friday Sept 20th 5-7pm
Calgary Volunteer Fair (boothing) - Tues 2-4pm Oct 8th
Please reach out to Ginny ([email protected]) if you are interested in helping with more behind the scenes outreach - phonebanking/emailing Hub volunteers and members about opportunities, hosting meetings for outreach volunteers, etc.
Community Climate Conversations Node: Contact Steve [email protected]
My name is Steve Bentley and I'm doing work with the Calgary Climate Hub for our popular 'Community Climate Conversations' (CCCs), a city spanning initiative that brings a host of bonafide climate experts to Calgary communities so citizens can engage with them and each other about the climate topics that resonate with them the most, from Climate Science to Renewable Energy to Eco-Anxiety to you-name-it!
Our events in Sunnyside, Marda Loop and the East Village have been solid successes in our books as we have had great attendance and responses from those communities. We want to keep this ball rolling so we have another one scheduled for September 30th at the Sunalta Community Association starting at 7pm!
Come on out, we'd love to see you!
Partner Engagement Node: Contact Aida.firstname.lastname@example.org
This node provides a platform for climate-friendly organizations to exchange information, build capacity, and collaborate on initiatives that advance climate awareness and action in Calgary and beyond. If you are affiliated to an organisation and want to collaborate with an active network, join us! We meet every third Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Contact [email protected] for more info.
Mobilize Calgary Node: Contact Bob Morrison [email protected]
After a summer hiatus, this node is meeting again at the Unitarian Church 1703 1 St NW, Calgary, AB T2M 4P4 on September 17, 7:00 PM. Contact: Simone [email protected]
Tech Node: Contact Simone [email protected]
We are always looking for help with our website and communications.
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